Here we have a good quality and quite rare early George II Sterling Silver Marrow Spoon. The spoon is in the Hanoverian with Rat Tail pattern and combines a table spoon bowl at one end and a marrow scoop at the other. There are no initials or personalisation of any kind.
Marrow spoons first appeared in the 1690s and continued through into the early 1700s. By the mid 1700s they had been almost entirely replaced by double ended marrow scoops, so this is very much an implement from a specific period in time. The marrow spoon is made in London by silversmith Jeremiah King and dates to 1728, the first full year of the reign of George II.Jeremiah King began his career as an apprentice to silversmith William Scarlett before registering his own mark at Goldsmiths Hall in 1723. Like Scarlett, he was a specialist spoon maker and produced good quality flatware through until around 1750. Condition is remarkably good with just a couple of tiny dings in the sides of the stem and the superficial surface wear that you would expect after 295 years of good service.
Please make sure to view all the photographs as these form part of the description. The marrow spoon is 22.7cm / 8.9ins long and weighs in at a very respectable 53.6g / 1.9oz of solid Sterling Silver.
The hallmarks, on the underside of the stem, are a little distorted, as is always the case with spoons of this era, but still clear to read. They show the lion passant for Sterling Silver, the crowned leopard's head assay mark for London, the date letter N for 1728 and the I K beneath a crown makers' mark for Jeremiah King.